A play about a farmer who feels he must resort to culling whole species in order to save his livelihood could, on the face of it, be no more topical. With much discussion over whether or not to cull the badger population in an effort to stem the spread of bovine tuberculosis, and a proposed (and possibly overdue) ban on the importation of ash trees to try and prevent the spread of a disease to our own native stocks, there are issues worthy of discussion and debate aplenty here.
Kieran Lynn’s Bunnies, currently playing at the New Diorama theatre, is not that sort of play. Instead, it is a curious attempt at political satire that seems to revel in the crudity of its allegory, just as it revels in acts of violence and bad taxidermy. It is set on a farm, and there are animals involved – but Animal Farm this is not.
It’s always worrying when a friend offers you comps to see them perform in a play. What do you say if they’re terrible? When I raised this on Twitter, Lorelei King replied:
@scottm Once someone came backstage to see me after a show and complimented me on how well my costume was ironed.
— Lorelei King (@LoreleiKing) July 13, 2011
So whenever I get an invitation along these lines, I accept with not a little trepidation. Thankfully, when my friend asked me along to see her and her fellow students from Drama Studio London in their graduation show, Dear Brutus at the New Diorama Theatre, she was excellent. As, indeed, were the cast as a whole.